Mentor Asif confident on Aamer's comeback

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Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 15:15 [IST]
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Mentor Asif backs Aamer

Islamabad, Nov 18: After the spot-fixing verdict was out, Pakistan's cricketing fraternity and the families of the cricketers lashed out their opinions expressing their grief while some of them sympathized for the 19 year old cricketer Mohammad Aamer.

Mohammad Aamer, indulged in bowling two pre-determined no-balls, was sentenced to jail earlier this month with his team mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif in London.

With a career-threatening five year ban against Aamer, his cricketing career seems to be bleak though the court has sentenced him for six months.

This talented youngster, who is just 19, can definitely come back and play cricket for the country is Mr Asif Bajwa's opinion. Bajwa, who has been coaching Aamer, facing a five year ban and a prison sentence for match fixing, has a supporter in his mentor who has stood behind Aamer and wants him to come back to resume his cricketing career as he has a lot more to offer after facing the charges given to him by the court and the board.

Asif Bajwa, former wicket keeper, played domestic cricket was the man behind the skills of the promising youngster Mohammad Aamer and other youngsters at his academy from 2003-2007.

Aamer has a supporter in his mentor Asif Bajwa, who is quite confident about the youngster's comeback, as he says "I want to see him playing for Pakistan again and I am confident he will make a comeback."

After his impressive debut, he was looked upon as the next Wasim Akram, before destiny had its say as he bowled two dreaded deliveries against England at Lords in August 2010.

The international careers of Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif seem to be over as they are serving a 10 and a 7 year ban respectively as age does not favor them after they are cleared of their charges.

The prodigious pacer, who became the youngest player to claim 50 wickets off just 14 Test matches, facing a 6 month jail term pleaded guilty of being involved in spot-fixing.

Many cricketing legends have expressed sympathy towards the fate of this young and promising cricketer. Pakistan Legend Imran Khan says he has not seen such a talented cricketer and it was sad for Pakistan to lose such a player. Former Pakistan player Rashid Latif too suggested that he could have been given a lighter sentence.

With many people supporting Aamer, time can only tell whether this talented youngster will be given an opportunity to play for the country again and contribute as he has lots to offer after serving a five year ban.


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